M’laya to partially re-open Ïewduh market from June 22

M’laya to partially re-open Ïewduh market from June 22
File photo of Ïewduh market in Shillong.
Correspondent Shillong, Jun 16 | Publish Date: 6/16/2020 10:17:10 AM IST

The Meghalaya government on Tuesday announced partial re-opening of Ïewduh, the biggest traditional market place in the State and one of the largest of its kind in the Northeast from June 22.

This decision was taken after a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma following the joint inspection of Ïewduh by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek and several senior officials in the presence of representatives of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Syiem of Hima Mylliem and Greater Association of Ïewduh Market.

“After inspecting the market area, we discussed and decided that Ïewduh will re-open from June 22. However, only 30 to 33 per cent would be allowed to re-open on a rotational basis,” Tynsong told reporters.

There are 1,220 shops entitled for re-opening at Ïewduh.

Tynsong said weekly markets throughout the state would also re-open from June 29, and all the Deputy Commissioners would consult with the stakeholders as far as re-opening up of these markets and to work out the required modalities.

“Border haats along the India-Bangladesh border and weekly markets along the Meghalaya-Assam border will remain closed till further order,” the Deputy Chief Minister further informed.

Ïewduh was closed following the lockdown on March 22. Although all markets have slowly reopened in a phased manner, Ïewduh was kept shut because the market has a high density of shops and people in a given location and the narrow lanes and alleys within the market.

The market is under the jurisdiction of Hima Mylliem (traditional institution) and there were several petitions from the traders of the market to reopen it over the past few weeks.

The market sells everything from essential commodities, fruits and vegetables, fish-meat, stationery items, hardware, electrical-electronic goods, clothes and various other items.

It is also the major wholesale market in the State and every Saturday villagers throng to it from far away regions of the State to buy and sell goods in this market.

“Standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols have to be adhered to in totality while re-opening up of shops at Ïewduh,” Tynsong said.

However, he said fish market, meat market, book stalls, selling betel nut and betel leaf market, vegetable market and hawkers will continue to remain shut in Ïewduh since selling of these products have already taken place in other places.

“We are finding out ways and means for hawkers too, and the Deputy Commissioner has been directed to work out the modalities,” the Deputy Chief Minister informed. 


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